Grand Rapids, Michigan is situated along the Grand River. The city of Grand rapids is located practically 40 miles east of Lake Michigan and currently supports a population of over 188,040 residents based on census numbers. The Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland combined statistical area had a population of 1,321,557 while that same year, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had about 774,160 inhabitants.
The city of Grand Rapids serves and the seat for Kent County and is the state's 2nd biggest city and the biggest city within West Michigan. Grand Rapids is home to 5 of the globe's leading office furniture companies and as such has earned the nickname "Furniture City." The city together with its surrounding communities is economically diverse. Among the biggest economic sectors include information technology, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, health care and automotive amongst others.
Louis Campau was the founding father of Grand Rapids. He was a smart businessman who established a trading post along with the Ottawa Indians in 1827, and dealt in real estate. More than 2000 years ago, the mound building Hopewell Indian tribe lived in the part of the present Grand Rapids. President Gerald R. Ford hails from the city of Grand Rapids and is the city's most well-known son.
Grand Rapids enjoys all 4 seasons. Winter and summer temperatures remain moderated thanks to Lake Michigan. The lake-effect does on the other hand contribute to the annual average snowfall of 64.4 inches. The daily high and low temperatures during the month of July are 60.5 and 82.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The daily low and high temperatures in January are 15.6 and 29.3 degrees Fahrenheit.
The city is home to 3 Fortune 500 Companies. These corporations comprise Steelcase, Spartan Stores and Universal Forest Products. Bissell, Inc. is one more well known company within the vicinity. Amway's parent company, known as Alticor is also situated here. There are around a dozen colleges and universities located within the area.
The manufacturing sector of the city has suffered through a major decline, although the overall market sector remains strong, particularly in the area of office furniture. Amongst the top furniture manufacturing companies comprise Knoll, Haworth, Herman Miller, American Seating and Steelcase. There are various companies that also make home furniture. Other industries such as plastics, automotive components, printing and graphic arts, chemicals, industrial machinery and food processing likewise offer numerous jobs.
Grand Rapids is known for health and science related companies as well and has the nickname of the "Medical Mile." The city of Grand Rapids is also a center for Christian publishing and home to publishers such as Eerdmans Publishing, Kregel Publications, Baker Books and Zonervan.
The tourism trade has recently become more important to the city as a convention and vacation destination. The region is also recognized for its abundant production of fruits. There are numerous popular concert places in the city like for instance the Mixtape CafÃÂ©, Van Andel Arena, Orbit Room, the DAAC, the Deltaplex, the Royce Auditorium, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and DeVos Hall. Founded in the year 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony showcases more than 400 performances each and every year.